Ol’ Kleptofornia — home of the ecologykal conservationists had sone it again. The second-largest dam in Kleptofornia and second only to Shasta in terms of water storage. Which we need… This being a “drought” and all…
Here is the Oroville Dam spillway as it was intended:
Last week, some bright fella noticed a “disturbance in the flow,” and they stopped the water to check it out.
they investigate further:
no, wait. Look closer. Those little brightly-colored specks are people in the hole.
yeah. Big hole.
So….. They turn the flow back on and let it run all night.
Unable to release enough water from the dam’s heavily damaged main spillway, officials with the California Department of Water Resources announced that water from the swollen reservoir started flowing over the adjacent emergency spillway at around 8 a.m.
Thing is… No one has been doing the kind of maintenance one ought to do if o ne actually believed that an “emergency” spillway would evar be used. Brush and full-growed trees cover the spill area. PG&E even built high lines there — which are now being “temporarily” removed. …since they would end up down the Feather River somewhere.
So PG&E is removing them and replacing them. somehow…
“Emergency” Spillway is uphill to the right of that shot.
Anyone with some engineering skillz wanna put me some knowledge about what ya see here? The spoxfellas say they “must” — therefore will — fix this all before next years rains [Oct - Nov]. Complete with EIRs? ha! sez I.
Meanwhile, yesterday ol’ Jerry “Let’s Secede!!1!” Brown is begging President Trump for an “Emergency Assistance” declaration and $162.3Million.
That’s in addition to:
California officials on Wednesday took a break from their feud with the new administration to propose a list of $100 billion in projects for possible federal funding to help rebuild the Golden State’s system of crumbling roads and bridges and improve transit and water storage.
Which are in crap shape due to a collision between Enviro-Nazis and bright, shiny Gimme Programs — ever so much more interesting than dull ol’ maintenance, eh?
Remember, that’s in addition to the CA Bullshitte Train and Ca$h Suck — technology of the 1840’s — from which Jerry “F*ck da Feds!!” Brown hopes to shoot buffalo Real Soon Now™.
Golden Parachute State.